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After 21-0 start, Kentucky collapses to lose Governor’s Cup

After a promising 21-0 start, Kentucky fell flat on its face vs. Louisville in Commonwealth Stadium, letting the Cards go on a 38-3 scoring run to win the game 38-24. Boom Williams reinjured his elbow at the end of the first quarter, essentially snuffing out Kentucky’s life on offense.

What is there to say? Backup quarterback Lamar Jackson had his way on the ground with UK’s defense, rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns, and throwing for 130 yards and one more score. After looking so good early on, the offense was inept in the second half. Louisville clearly made some effective halftime adjustments and Kentucky did not. For the second straight year, the Cats are 5-7 and some serious questions need to be asked.

More all afternoon. Stick around.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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62 Comments for After 21-0 start, Kentucky collapses to lose Governor’s Cup



  1. TheWildcatKyle
    3:43 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    #ChesterBelieves



  2. AndTheDevil
    3:43 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Wasn’t this game the perfect summation of UK’s season–Start off hot, fall apart, twinkle of hope, then suddenly Towles INT?



  3. bluecat15
    3:44 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    FIRE STOOPS IMMEDIATELY



  4. Rajonrondo9
    3:45 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I watch UK football every year. I don’t know if that’s gonna happen next year. It never changes.



  5. apocalypse
    3:45 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve seen enough, this entire staff does not have a clue. I say fire them all and go out and get Les Miles, whatever it takes.



  6. Dusten
    3:47 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    On the bright side, sad poncho girl is beautiful and our basketball team is amazing. For the first time in years, I have no optimism for the next UK football season. I hope we don’t get a bowl game, we don’t deserve it.



    • Long Dong Silver
      5:30 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      She is a beauty. The one bright spot from today.



  7. Badboy
    3:47 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    And we have to put up with at least one more year of poor football because Barnhart is too stubborn to admit that he made yet another disastrous hire. Other than Cali and Mitchell, every hire he has made has been pathetic. And the Cali hire was two years too late. Barney needs to go.



    • Badboy
      3:49 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Auto correct issues!



    • timer2
      4:00 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      I agree….



    • EdC
      4:01 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly right. The problem isn’t Stoops. It wasn’t Joker. They are just the symptoms.



    • ukjaybrat
      4:46 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      You’re an idiot



    • Irememberharrylancaster
      7:38 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Heck, he didn’t go get Cal……Pratt and some boosters set up the meeting with Cal and basically FORCED Barnhart to hire him



  8. yarg
    3:48 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I feel like I just wasted 3 hours or my life watching two pretty terrible football teams play. Congrats to Louisville on being the least smelly turd today.



  9. Katya
    3:49 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Fire Eliot and Dawson. Do something, anything really, to get Les Miles here for some position.



  10. UK Big Board Update
    3:49 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    “Outcoached, outclassed, outplayed, embarrassed, never had a chance. This must be how Louisville fans feel during the basketball game.” NJT 🙂 🙂 🙂



  11. Leuther
    3:49 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Ky’s defense – can you say hot knife through butter?

    An appropriate way to end this underachieving season? Hell YES!!

    Thank God for basketball…



  12. TorpedoVegas
    3:50 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Bye Stoops



    • maximsm
      5:12 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Amen, fire the whole staff Tonight



  13. John Moulden
    3:50 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I just had that feeling at halftime. UofL simply out coached Stoops and his staff. Nothing will change. Thank God for basketball. Stoops’ recruiting pitch is come be a zero. What a joke Kensucky Foosbaall.



  14. kybigblue
    3:51 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    UF fans would not put up with hiring a BB coach without head coaching experience but in football it has happened with the last two hires. If you spend millions to upgrade the FB program you at least need a head coach with previous head coaching experience. Stoops can no longer try to recruit by saying we are headed in the right direction. Tired of seeing us get out coached.



    • UK Big Board Update
      3:55 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      We aren’t Alabama-level in football. Duh.

      Coaches aren’t exactly knocking down our door. Are you new to this?



    • EdC
      4:07 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      We don’t have to be Alabama. We have to DEMAND that Mitch stop sending the football profits to the other sports and hire an experienced coach. There is zero doubt that the top 20 profit program can afford a head coach with winning experience. Here are other schools that aren’t Alabama that do so. Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss., Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU. There are lots of head coaches out there who would like an SEC salary and have proven themselves able to win at a head coaching level. Mitch keeps hiring has beens and brand new heads and the stupid fans are just happy to sniff at 6 wins and a crappy bowl game now and then. Enough already.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:07 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Yes by all means keep Stoops just because “coaches aren’t exactly knocking down our door”. Brilliant!



    • kybigblue
      7:14 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      UK isn’t likely to get Saban, etc. but there are good coaches out there with head coaching experience who would be interested in the UK job. For example, some want UCF to go after Bowling Green’s coach and UCF didn’t win a game this year.



  15. catsarerunnin
    3:51 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Yahtzee! Trouble! Sorry!



    • Art Vandalay
      3:58 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      I’m all for being a little upset right now (or trolling to celebrate your big win if that’s your thing) but let’s at least make it somewhat clever.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:02 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      It was a little clever.



  16. Piedma Schwartz
    3:54 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops needs to be relieved of his duties



  17. bigblueforever
    3:56 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    That was the worst coached team I have ever seen all year long. Next year will be much worse. We play at Florida, UT, UL, Alabama.

    UK is not a football school.



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:35 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      No shit….



  18. RexRox
    3:56 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Maybe it’s time to just say, “Look, we’re a basketball school (THE basketball school), and just participate in football. Their fans are delusional enough to think otherwise, but Lil Brother just participates in football as well. And we do basketball much better than they do.

    “L1C7 (and counting)” – would definitely buy this t-shirt, KSR.



    • scorpiocard
      11:33 am November 29, 2015 Permalink

      Yes we just participate in BOWL GAMES EVERY YEAR. We just participate in playing in (and winning) BCS/NEW YEARS SIX level bowl games every so often. We just participate in owing your pathetic little football program. That last one is not saying much. Even WKU owns you.

      Don’t EVER kid yourself into thinking being a U of L football fan is like being a uk football fan. When is the last time you celebrated winning the Orange Bowl on South Beach? Or the last time you celebrated winning the Sugar Bowl on Bourbon Street?

      What a joke of a post! LMAO!!



  19. leon singleton
    3:57 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops can not coach fire him.



  20. them
    4:02 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    That’s Kentucky Football.. Let’s be honest, in the Vandy game, one of the coaches should have seen the snowbird and called time. Why would you let the clock run down to 10 seconds in today’s game? Seen some like this staff is too out of touch during a game. Vandy? Lousyille?



    • scorpiocard
      11:44 am November 29, 2015 Permalink

      LMAO!!!!

      Vandy? Your all time record vs Vandy is 42-42-4, but Vandy has more all time SEC wins than uk! You’re WORSE THAN VANDY!

      Lousyille? We play in and win top level bowl games, and more years than not the past several years we finish ranked in the top 25, and you think you should be beating us with your pathetic joke of a little program?

      This is rich.



  21. whatwasthat
    4:03 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve given this staff plenty of leeway considering the condition of the program coming in, but the play calling is atrocious especially on offense. Does anyone see big time QB in either Towles or Barker, I don’t even though I think Towles is better by a slim margin, he can run, but I really thought no the plays called has hurt both and I’m on the bandwagon with a lot on here that we have to try and talk to Miles to see if there is any interest. Pitiful football today.



  22. INCALWETRUST
    4:08 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Oh sweet little 7lb 4 oz Baby Jesus , Les Miles!



  23. CPACAT
    4:22 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    The sooner we recognize that we are CURSED in football, the sooner we can try get it exorcised…goats and virgins beware!



  24. wildcat502
    4:27 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I`ve stood behind Stoops all season, but we need to open the offense up. We need to give the QB time to throw the ball. In this day and age, teams pass to set up the run. Smash mouth football went out of style years ago, except at Alabama, but they are 3 or 4 deep in the offensive line.
    We need some coaching changes, come on Stoops, earn your money and make those hard decisions.



  25. lexslamman
    4:30 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    I might be more patient with Stoops if the teams were showing measured improvements over a season and seast over season. That’s not happening. Change is necessary



  26. plumloopy
    4:31 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Yeah, I just don’t know why any promising recruits would keep their commitment at this point. The whole “come here and make a difference” call is completely washed up. I could not, in good conscience advise any player who had potential to go to UK. We may be a minimum of 2-3 years away from a winning season at this point.



  27. jetmaker754
    4:33 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Seems like the players need to be better conditioned. They’ve run out of gas, late in the games, all year long. Middle of the road in the SEC in the best we can hope for. Oh yeah, Les Miles isn’t coming to UK. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever! I don’t think Stoops is a bad coach. UK just doesn’t have the numbers to compete each week with the “big boys”.



    • maximsm
      5:10 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Lame ass excuse.. used too much



    • Irememberharrylancaster
      7:44 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, really lame excuse….What you call running out of gas, I call QUITTING. And, THAT is on the coaches.



  28. dean winchester
    4:35 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Seniors deserved better….



  29. rdjanes
    4:37 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    P L E A S E no bowl game at 5-7. Let’s just let this pitiful season come to a merciful end. We can then start talking next summer the same old crap about how we are going to be improved and get ready for the same old less than mediocre results. I’ve got more air raid in my undershorts than this whole team of Clifford Franklin’s. We continuously get out played and out coached every game and it always shows after half-time as coaches that truly know what they are doing make the necessary adjustments to kick our rear.



    • EdC
      4:42 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed. Further … any fan that travels to a bowl game just support’s Mitch’s agenda and is therefore an idiot. Demand football excellence, i.e. hiring an experienced coaching staff and stop letting Mitch get away with diverting football profits.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:44 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah but all of that practice time for a bowl game will pay huge dividends come next season….



    • rdjanes
      4:48 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      We’ve heard all that before about how the extra practice will pay dividends. You could practice from now until the cows come home and it’s not going to change the coaching.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:57 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      I was being sarcastic.



    • rdjanes
      5:04 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      I thought sarcasm was the case but wanted to make sure that anyone who read it had no doubt.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:45 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      I used the extra periods to imply sarcasm. Of course there are those who really do believe that a few practices preparing for a lame,meaningless,crappy bowl game will actually help this team and program. Sure it will….(more sarcasm hence the extra periods)



  30. bigpops
    4:37 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    If you don’t think Stoops is a bad coach then I’ve got some oceanfront property over in Scott County you need to come look at. Unbelievable.



  31. msnthrop
    4:45 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Quotes from UK announcement of Stoops contract extension

    “Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that,” Barnhart said. “I was confident Mark was right for this job when I hired him, but he has exceeded my expectations.

    “Under Coach Stoops’ leadership, the UK football program is experiencing an incredible upward trajectory in the classroom and on the field,” said UK President Eli Capilouto.

    “I am excited about the progress our team has shown on the field, but this is as much about the next five years as it is the last one and a half,” Barnhart said.

    We owe Stoops 17 million dollars as of right now, and if he is fired any time during the 2016 season we still owe him everything until 2019…the first contractual break comes Dec 1st 2017, where, if he is fired after that date, we only have to pay 80% of the remaining contract which should be in the 12 million range. The football program is making money right now primarily because of the ESPN SEC contract, but ESPN is bleeding subscribers and it isn’t likely that same level of revenue can be sustained with the next TV contract. So sure the fire the guy now, hire another guy at 4 million per year, and your paying “coaches”10 million plus in 2019 when the next SEC contract (which has a pretty high chance of not being nearly as lucrative as this one get negotiated. Stoops gets next year and also gets to start 2017, there is no doubt in my mind. Calling for his firing is ludicrous.



  32. ScoggDog
    4:46 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Matt Jones said it … Louisville adjusted at halftime. Kentucky did not.

    Mark Stoops is not the guy here – or anywhere else.



  33. hakanea
    5:07 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    Like I said afterVandy. My give a damn is busted. I’m sorry but that’s the way it is. Unfortunately Bill Curry,s staff would outcoach this staff. I’m tired of the excuses, the renewal of my season tickets are in question. I’m sorry but somebody else needs to fork outthe kind of money that I forked out during the last 50 years.



    • EdC
      5:19 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

      Season ticket holders balking in gigantic numbers is the only thing that will get Mitch to hire an SEC caliber coaching staff. Other than that Mitch would have to be fired for this to stand any chance at changing.



  34. hakanea
    5:42 pm November 28, 2015 Permalink

    What is really alarming, is that this is the second year in a row that our team on November 15 couldn’t beat our team on September 15. Not only that, this team right now could beat our team from last year. Why should we put out any more money to watch this.